Our Past : Our Progress : Our Promise
A Unified System is Born
1948 | 1950 | 1951 | 1953 | 1955 | 1957
- Governor Thomas E. Dewey and Legislature combine 32 unrelated public institutions with 27,000 students into a single entity, the State
University of New York, to give the state's residents a critical educational opportunity.
- Several campuses join newly formed SUNY system, bringing the total number of campuses to 47:
- Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and Upstate Medical University in Syracuse are created when two private medical institutions are acquired.
- Binghamton joins the SUNY system when it severs ties with Syracuse University.
- Jamestown Community College is founded.
- First University motto is adopted - Let each become all he is capable of being.
- The Research Foundation of State University of New York established as separate educational corporation to administer sponsored research programs for the University.
- The Fashion Institute of Technology becomes part of the SUNY system.
- Board of Trustees established by law as the governing body of the SUNY system.
- Cayuga County Community College, initially called Auburn, becomes part of the SUNY system.
- Endowment in memory of Edwin Goodman of Bergdorf Goodman makes possible a major in fashion buying and merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology.
- Dr. Clarence Dennis, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, performs first successful open-heart operation in New York State.
- Stony Brook, planned as a teacher training institution, is established in Oyster Bay as a State University college.
- For the first and only time New York voters authorize $250 million in state debt for new State University facilities.
- Stony Brook University's Dr. C.N. Yang wins the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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